It’s been a few months since the Carroll County High School Marching Band performed in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., but time has done little to slow the groove of the Marching Cavaliers.
The CCHS Marching Band has been dominant in fall competition, sweeping a slew of awards in the first two events of the season at Patrick County and Mount Airy, N.C. On September 30 in the Patrick County Celebration of Pride, the Marching Cavaliers earned a Superior rating and were named Band of the Day, meaning they were the top band out of all the bands at the event. The CCHS Marching Band also finished first place in its class of 3A bands, and won first-place awards for percussion, music, marching, general effects, and drum major, and second place for color guard.
A week later at the Mount Airy Band Festival, Carroll County again finished first in its class. Additionally the Marching Cavaliers won first place in marching, music, general effects, drum major and percussion. Carroll also took second in color guard and missed another Band of the Day award by just 3.5 points.
“We went up against some really tough competition, so I was thrilled. The kids have been working hard, so I couldn’t be more pleased with them and couldn’t ask anything more of them,” said CCHS Band Director Michael Farina. “It has been a really good year. We went to D.C. and now we are performing well in our competitions. We have got great staff, but these kids are working as hard as they can so I have definitely enjoyed it.”
The CCHS Marching Band was scheduled to take part in the Drums Along the Blue Ridge competition Oct. 21 at Bassett High School before finishing the season Oct. 28 at Pulaski. Senior Night for band members will be held at the Nov. 3 Carroll County home football game.
As far as performing in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., Farina said it was an amazing experience for staff, students and parents alike.
“The kids were amazing. They did everything we asked them to do and the parade was great,” Farina said. “We were up near the front, so we kept moving and didn’t have to worry about having to start and stop. The kids handled the heat really well and played really well. We had a lot of strangers, people we have never met before, complimenting the kids on how good they looked and how good they sounded. It was a great experience and a lot of fun.”
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